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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

dudpixel Re: Fuck Hypermilers (262 comments)

suppose everyone did that...?

consider that the "leaving early" solution only works because less people actually do it.

about three weeks ago

Facebook To Begin Deploying Btrfs

dudpixel Re:How about real problems (115 comments)

And ... this is different from Slashdot, how? ;-)

Slashdot has more jokes about beowulf clusters. And if you act like a jerk, someone will call you an insenstitve clod.

Is this misidentification of jerks a fairly recent problem? I wonder what steps we could take to rectify this issue...

about three weeks ago

Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?

dudpixel Re:Hold on... (112 comments)

Ever heard the phrase "let me put my thinking cap on" ?

This kind of makes that a real thing.

Thinking on a much bigger scale - can this kind of technique be used to raise the limit of human intelligence? Can the world's brightest minds benefit from this? Is there potential for this kind of research to eventually aid in driving humanity further than we could otherwise have gone?

Fascinating possibilities if this is true...

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

dudpixel Re:what if... (716 comments)

Suppose another programmer capably issued the same challenge to you...

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

dudpixel Re:what if... (716 comments)

I think the analogy is flawed.

Software development is probably more like engineering and building a bridge.

You need to compare with something where not everything is known at the outset.

I'm sure that bridges sometimes have "bugs" - problems that were not though of in the planning phase. I'm sure no one fixes those for free.

Is the construction of the bridge equivalent to the software development? or the software release and implementation?

I think you could perhaps design a model where developer fix their own bugs on their own time, but don't expect the model to look like the current one. Developers will want more, and the work will take longer, as testing now takes a higher priority (in my experience many companies only give lip-service to proper software testing because it's difficult to quantify how much money it makes).

It's a valid question, but let's not expect we can just stop paying developers for bug fixing and have the world continue on otherwise unchanged...

about 2 months ago

Wikimedia Community Debates H.264 Support On Wikipedia Sites.

dudpixel WTF? (247 comments)

The unencumbered WebM and Ogg versions would remain our primary reference for platforms that support them. But the MP4 versions 'ould[sic] enable many mobile and desktop users who cannot view these unencumbered video files to watch them in MP4 format.'

Something is fucking wrong with this situation...

about 3 months ago

Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

dudpixel Re:Good thing im exempt (264 comments)

It's no use, I looked in your box there and your cat is dead...

about 4 months ago

Coldest Spot On Planet Earth Identified

dudpixel Re:Epic Fail. (182 comments)

These things represent enjoyment, and fun. If your life is about anything else, then you can keep it. No one cares about your superiority when you're dead.

about 4 months ago

Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

dudpixel Re:Science isn't critical thinking... (710 comments)

This creator must be some sort of evil, violent,psychopath to design: cancer, hiv, fig wasps, malaria, a universe where pretty much all of it will kill his favorite creation, parasitical wasp Dinocampus coccinellae, old age, lupus, etc...

Or, maybe there is no sign of a creator and it all just evolved.

Well he might not be able to cure cancer and stop children from starving to death but hey, he's right there helping 'bobbied' preach to us and will watch over him and get him home safely....

See, you gotta pick your battles.

or, maybe this god doesn't exist...or isn't interested.....or has a really sick sense of humour.

about 5 months ago

Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

dudpixel Re:Science isn't critical thinking... (710 comments)

But the logical problem now becomes yours, not mine. If you wish to assert there is no creator, then I ask you to present your proof using evidence.

I didn't see anyone asserting there is no creator. I see people asserting that no creator is REQUIRED to explain the universe / life etc. That absolutely has evidence, and I'd encourage you to do some reading of the relevant scientific literature. Then get familiar with Occham's razor.

The problem for you is that there is no logical way to prove the non-existence of something.

No, that's a problem for you. See, if your theory is not falsifiable, then it probably doesn't belong in a science textbook.

about 5 months ago

Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

dudpixel Re:Science isn't critical thinking... (710 comments)

So do you want to hear about my evidence for the existence of ghosts, aliens, and the tooth fairy?

Good luck disproving those...

Perhaps we should teach kids about these things in school too?

You really need to take a look at your argument.

Let's take it a step further. Even if it WERE possible for a creator to exist (anything is possible right?), good luck proving that it is the biblical one. That's another giant leap of faith again.

You can't just take all of the things we don't know and make up whatever hypothesis you can think of, and ask for that to be taught in school as an "alternative". That's not how science works.

about 5 months ago

Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

dudpixel Re:ya know... (710 comments)

The truth is, we have enough of the old texts that it has been shown that the actual edits in the bible are minor. They do exist, but the core of it is there.

I know you probably know what you mean when you say that but it has the potential to be very misleading. Some naive christian will read that and think you mean that what we have are basically the "very words of God", which of course is not what you said.

You may be referring to the similarities between the dead sea scrolls (dated to something like 300BCE - 50 CE) and the MT (masoretic text, earliest manuscripts around 9th century CE).

Here's what wikipedia has to say:
"The biblical manuscripts from Qumran, which include at least fragments from every book of the Old Testament, except perhaps for the Book of Esther, provide a far older cross section of scriptural tradition than that available to scholars before. While some of the Qumran biblical manuscripts are nearly identical to the Masoretic, or traditional, Hebrew text of the Old Testament, some manuscripts of the books of Exodus and Samuel found in Cave Four exhibit dramatic differences in both language and content. In their astonishing range of textual variants, the Qumran biblical discoveries have prompted scholars to reconsider the once-accepted theories of the development of the modern biblical text from only three manuscript families: of the Masoretic text, of the Hebrew original of the Septuagint, and of the Samaritan Pentateuch. It is now becoming increasingly clear that the Old Testament scripture was extremely fluid until its canonization around A.D. 100"

(emphasis mine).

So we know there were changes. Sometimes "dramatic" changes.

So that's just the OT. What about the NT?

Supposedly written within the latter half of the first century CE. The earliest fragment we have at present is from ~125CE and is the size of a credit card. The earliest complete manuscript is in the 4th century CE. The earliest gospels are I think late 2nd century.

It's worth mentioning that there were no copy machines in those days. Everything was copied by hand. We don't have the original documents, because they have most likely not survived. We don't have the copies, nor the copies of the copies. What we do have is probably well down the line of copies and although we'd like to think we have something close to what was originally written, we have ABSOLUTELY NO WAY TO FIND OUT.

Not only that, but we do have very solid evidence of tampering of other writings by christians, and also a lot of interpolation of writings by competing sects in the early 2nd century.

How reliable is our English Bible today? Here's the real truth, NO ONE KNOWS. We can speculate that it's "fairly accurate" and "well preserved" but there is absolutely no way to be sure. So next time someone talks to you about needing faith, just remember that they first need faith that they're actually reading the right words...

about 5 months ago

AOSP Maintainer Quits

dudpixel Re:Google can fix it with a hammer. (221 comments)

iOS still has less known vulnerabilities than Android, so I'm not sure how you can back up your raging fanboyism.

FTFY. The point may still be just as valid.

With respect to the argument between closed vs open source, my clarification is entirely relevant.

about 8 months ago

Rupert Murdoch Wants To Destroy Australia's National Broadband Network

dudpixel Re:What is a 100Mbit connection good for? (327 comments)

$100 / month for 100Mbps still sounds like pretty good value to me.

I pay $70 / month right now, because I don't have access to ADSL2 outside of Telstra, and rely on fixed wireless (@ 12Mbps, or up to 40Mbps for local traffic) instead.
I live only about 30 mins from the CBD.

FTR, how much cheaper will the FTTN plans be?

about 8 months ago

Mystery Intergalactic Radio Bursts Detected

dudpixel Re:War! (259 comments)

What if WE are the resources not more easily obtained elsewhere?

about 9 months ago

How Did You Learn How To Program?

dudpixel Re:C64 (623 comments)

Yes, this was my first computer too.

TWICE the memory of the C64, ah the rivalry was fun.

At 10 years old, I used to borrow books from the library on programming, then type in the code and modify it to see what happened.

I look around at 10 year old kids now and it still makes me proud that I taught myself programming at such a young age. Probably doesn't count for much in the long term, although I do still enjoy learning new stuff and I work as a software developer.

about a year ago

How Did You Learn How To Program?

dudpixel Re:Compute! Magazine (623 comments)

This was me as well, also at age 10, but in my case it was an Amstrad CPC6128 and using "usborne" books I had borrowed from the library, as well as the programming manual (API reference + other material) that came with the computer.

about a year ago

Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

dudpixel Re:What? Again? (808 comments)

I dunno. The economy will change for sure, but there will still be an economy.

People will still pay for food, clothes, and shelter.

If we didn't need to pay for food, clothes, and shelter, then we wouldn't need jobs, and we wouldn't need money.

People will also need to manufacture, repair and dispose of the robots. There will also be many other markets still required as well.

Robots will not replace everything people need/want, and when people need/want things, they will pay for them.

about a year ago

Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants

dudpixel Re:Third-party nominations? (355 comments)

No, the 'first post' is the thing that goes in the ground, you know, with the flag on it.

about a year ago


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